Autumnal Fire | Capital Brewery

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Autumnal FireAutumnal Fire

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Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of rudylaw
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a nice, fluffy head that sticks around long enough for you to appreciate it.

Lots of caramel malt, butterscotch and faint hops.

Delicious caramel, molasses, taffy apple and honey. There are more hops here than any dopplebock I've ever had. Extremely creamy mouthfeel! Very pleasant finish.

I love this time of year and this beer is a staple of midwest brewing culture. This is an extremely drinkable dopplebock. I bought a 6-pack with the hopes of squirreling away half of it as this is supposed to age wonderfully... I doubt I'll be patient enough to find out.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic Imperial pint glass. Appears a hazed dark copper color with an inch of fluffy light ecru foam. Nose and flavor are of brown sugar, medium toasted bread and grains, caramel apples, sweet malt. Not many alcohol notes to speak of. Approaching full bodied, slightly rich and adequately carbonated. Any doppel fan should give this one a try.

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Photo of stumac
2.28/5  rDev -44%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

this brew pours up like unfiltered cranberry juice with a tiny off white head. the nose is cranberries and subtle sweet pale malts. the taste is the same as the nose but more intense flavors, and subtle caramel. this beer is too sweet for me. medium bodied, low carbo.... I'm never gonna dance again...

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Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to czoch75 for this 12 oz beer at DLD 2007.

A: The lagerbier is a ruddy orange color, rusty even. The beer is solid enough that is is opaque. A finger and a half of head quickly dissapated, leaving no signs of its presence.

S: My glass smells like a loaf of multi-grain bread. Biscuit, butterscotch and brown sugar are strong but not overpowering.

T: The bockbier has a big taste, strong from the first sip. Caramel and green apples mix with lots of bread. A surprising citrus hop flavor pops up mid-sip. Behind the hop appearance, more malts appear with a thick chewy bready body that are a quite light. This beer is very approachable, much like its bigger brother, Eisphyre.

M: The beer is very malty but not in a cloying or stuffy way. The caramel starts things off in a sweet manner but the breadiness brings everything back to the center.

D: At nearly 9%, this is a nice nightcap. The booze isn't as evident as I expected, just a warming glow behind the wall of malt. A decent doppelbock that trends to the lighter side.

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Photo of Greggy
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a toffee colored head 2 fingers in height over a medium-dark amber colored crystal clear body. The head displays decent retention but not much for lacing. Overall, not very "doppelbock" looking beer.

S- Deep caramel malt aromas, a nice lager essence, suggestions of butterscotch, some grassy hops, nice biscuit notes.

T- Ok so here's the deal. After sipping this one, I can't call it a doppelbock. This is, to me, an imperial marzen/octoberfest. If you go at it with that mentality, you'll be pleased.

Starts out with a nice malty caramel, molasses, honey covered biscuit note, with some floral notes dancing around the mid palette. The finish has some more nice floral essences, a solid dry biscuit and honey note (covered in malt), and seems to last forever.

M- Low carbonation is appropriate. Great long finish.

D- Thinking this as an imperial fest, and not a totally traditional doppelbock per se, this is quite good and the name "autumnal fire" is very appropriate. The ABV makes this un-sessionable but I could easily see sipping this on a nice fall evening as the leaves turn.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottling; received in a surprise in-person trade with my amigo transplanted here from Wisconsin. Thanks, Matt!

The twelve-ounce longnecked bottle sports a twist-off top and issues a whispery hiss as the vessel is cracked open. Poured aggressively into a pint willibecher glass, Autumnal Fire is clear and bright copper in color with a thin off-white head that settles quickly into a creamy-collared sheet. Minimal lacing, like a wisp or two here and there, adorns the glass throughout the encounter.

The smell is sweet with a a whiff of soft apples and mild, sugary toasted malts. A floral character and a touch of dark wheat toast drizzled with caramel become stronger as the drink warms a bit.

The taste is caramel-sweet and dry-dusted with mellow hops. A hint of bitterness in the drinking and a touch of huskiness in the aftertaste bring some welcome balance to the show. Candied cereal and nutty toasted grain are augmented with aromatic floral sweetness that lingers high on the palate.

The drink is medium-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation to keep the slickness from erring toward the sticky syrupy side-- but just barely. Extremely drinkable considering the ABV.

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Photo of MMAJYK
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Bright red copper color with little to no head. Very sticky looking, oily beer, only clear as a bell.

S. Rich caramel malts, brown sugar, molasses, and ripe cherries. Very sweet and inviting and fruit punchy.

T. Just as I imagined--very sweet and rich-complex. Dark fruits, honey and caramel; just a total malt bomb. And I like it!!

M. Medium to thick in the mouth and very sticky. Carbonation is medium to low.

D. Surprisingly, this malt based beer really wows me. Its fantastic! I wish I had more of these babies. quite possibly the best Dopplebock I've had to date.

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Photo of abents
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out a nice reddish-brown with big off white head that fades quickly. Smells like malts, floral hops, and a tinge of sweetness. Not too much on the nose. Taste however is on the mark. A light bodied smooth, easy drinking doppelbock, especially for the alcohol content. Sweet malts round out a nice crisp hoppy bitterness that makes this one of my favorite fall brews. Some caramel malts, ripe fruitiness, sweet finish with a nice warming feeling. Nice carbonation makes this a very easy drinking smooth doppelbock that can be enjoyed all year long.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pristinely clear copper beer, deep and red. Tan head rose quickly but then quickly reduced.

S-Fruits, caramel malts, a hint of chocolate, and a bit of butterscotch.

T-Very malty, featuring caramel and biscuity flavors which take hold of this beer's flavor and keep hold to the finish, where a slight hoppiness and hop bitterness comes through. A bit of an alcohol flavor comes through in the end. Finishes with a slightly cloying flavor.

M-A slight graininess in this medium-full bodied beer. Something near the end makes it feel a bit watery and off in the finish.

D-Decent drinkability with some very nice flavors in this beer. There did seem to be a bit of an off character to this brew, but this did not detract too much from the brew.

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Photo of beerfairy
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a nice amber hue. The head retention is okay but not great.

Smell: Tastes sweet, kind of like prunes and cake like. Carrot cake? It's not really that complex, but okay, nonetheless.

Taste: Malty and fruity, again kind of prunish. Caramel, doughy malts, slightly sweet, and with tons of residual sugars without being too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp and creamy.

Drinkability: A good doppelbock, it's tastey and I'd drink it again but don't think I could drink more than a 6 pack at a time because it's so rich.

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Photo of Wisconsin
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice fluffy two finger head with a clear brown body. There is a little bit of carbonation and the head settles down to a nice lace.

S - Malts, grains and a very faint sweetness.

T - This beer has a nice smooth balance between the malts and the nice sweetness it finishes with.

M - Excellent balance between the malts and grains along with the sweetness. The beer transitions well from a malty beginning over to a nice sweet finish, which hides the 8% abv completely.

D - This is a solid brew, the best from Capital if you ask me. I could have a few of these in a sitting.

The only negative towards this beer was the price, as it was a bit more than Capital's other six packs. If Capital can improve there other beers up to the level of this one they will be all the more better. As for now, this beer is just a diamond in the rough.

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Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid amber/brown pour. Whitish head. Malty earthy aroma. Malty, caramel/toffee with some raisin like flavors, some minute sweet spices. Biscuity. Caramel apple likeness. A little light bodied, but not unusual for the style. Not much hop presence to speak of. First beer I've had from Capital and this would inspire confidence to buy others.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, reddish, orange color with a small, bubbly, off-white head. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of malt with a slight boozy alcohol nose. There were subtle floral notes.

T - It tasted very malty and sweet. The alcohol presence added some more sweetness.

M - It was crisp and fairly smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good dopplebock. Pretty easy-drinking and very affordable.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Rich mahogany color with darker brown hues. Bright ruby-orange color when held up to light. Rather thin orangish-brown head with little retention but good lacing.

S - Rich matly aroma. Toasted bread and an earthy hoppiness. Smells alot like a big O-fest as opposed to a nicely roasted d-bock aroma.

T - Sweet caramel and breadiness up front. The taste is very bready for a doppelbock and reminds me much more of an o-fest. A nice, balanced earthiness comes through mid drink highlighted by a somewhat grassy hoppiness. The beer finishes with the strong malty sweetness highlighted by toasted bread.

M/D - Medium to full bodied and very smooth. Somewhat creamy as well. Fills the mouth with malt sweetness. Incredibly easy drining and very deceptive at 8.5%

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of proteus93 - thanks!! Split w/ dkachur, w/ my portion poured

Appearance: Pours a bright, lively crystal clear ruby amber. The head retention isn't fantastic - it fades from a one-finger tan to a ring of faint lace pretty quickly, and the lacing, though present, does leave a little to be desired.

Smell: Incredibly cakey and bready, pungently sweet and roasted. Carrot cake? It's not really that complex, but it's really nice, nonetheless. A few dark fruits emerge as it warms, but overall, this is just a really pungent, malty, beer. Who needs complexity when it smells this nice?

Taste: More towards the malty side of things, though there are a handful of fruity notes. Caramel, doughy malts, slightly sweet, and with tons of residual sugars without being too sweet. Raisins and cherries attempt to keep these in check.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, soft, and even-bubbled. An excellently creamy mouthfeel, crisp while remaining creamy.

Drinkability: A fantastic doppelbock, bready as hell, and though it's not fantastically complex, it is really damn tasty. And if the alcohol on this one is 8.5%, I'll be damned. Very tasty, definitely recommended.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Winter extinguisher? Pours a crystal clear amber color with a orange hue through out. Very light for style, almost boarder line maibock. A soft but light white head with decent retention through out the tasting but limited lacing overall.

The nose has a nice malt aroma but limited overall in complexity. Some grainy notes with some light sweet caramel notes. Some Vienna notes as well, with a sort of O-fest aroma. Some toasty notes as well. Limited for a dopplebock. A nice clean yeast aroma with some very minor phenol and alcohol notes.

The taste is limited and kind of reminds me of a O-fest. The malt is present but limited. A bit light with some toffee and a hint of Vienna and nutty notes. Really lacking that super caramel/kettle quality for dopplebocks though. Some husky notes on the back end. There is a floral hop note as well, a bit much for style.

The body is a bit light but some sweetness is ok. Lacks the complexity I would like to see in a dopplebock. Overall there isn't any off notes but the recipe, to me, is closer to an o-fest or maibock, than a dopplebock.

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Photo of mikereaser
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep amber color, completely clear, with about a half inch of foam that disappeared into a fine layer of bubbles

S - Toasted malt & sweet caramel

T - Toasted malt and caramel taste

M/D - A little too sweet for my tastes. Moderate in body and medium carbonation. Not bad, but I just couldn't drink much of it.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 Vintage. Paid $9.99 for a 6-pack from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. I reviewed this beer on the first I had of the six pack and am now doing so again on the last. I must admit that my impression of the beer improved as I drank more of them.

Poured into a pilsner glass. Left between a half inch and inch and a half head of white colored fizzy head. Some head retention. Transparent amber color. Medium to light carbonation. Some lacing.

A good balancing act on this one. The aroma is rather mild. Hard to pinpoint anything in particular that stands out in the nose. Some caramel and sweet malts, even some hops there to balance it out.

The taste is very medicinal. Some fruitiness to it. Again, very well balanced; hops, malts in great combination. I must admit that I did not know this was an 8.5%ABV until my last beer. Would have guessed more in the 6% range; very well hidden.

Medium body. Thick going down. Minimal carbonation.

Pretty easy to drink, but somewhat forgettable. Not sure how this won gold at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

When I poured this, I could have sworn it was a Maibock, rather than a Doppelbock, but then, what do I know. Nice thick lasting light-tan head over a medium brown body.

Smell is nice and malty, but not intense. Still, lots of chocolatey malts.

Taste is a little bit lighter than the aroma. Perhaps a bit heavy on the hops and light on the malt for a D-B.

Mouthfeel was also a bit thin. When I see "Doppelbock," my first thought is always "Liquid bread," and when you consider why the German monks first brewed this style -- as a way to get plenty of protein while fasting through the dayllight hours during Lent -- it makes sense that the dominating character of this beer should be "chewiness." This one was a bit light in the tooth.

Not a hint of the 8.5% ABV in this -- very drinkable.

Overall, a nice beer, and thanks to shbobdb for the incredible trade!

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Photo of SykDoc
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. 1/2-1 inch off-white head forms which quickly reduces to a thin lace. It appears a clear amber/ruby mix.

The smell is of malt and caramel, as well as a fruity sweet note that seems to have some banana tones and hops.

The taste is great. The malty goodness comes through and does a nice job covering the alcohol. Some mild yeast tones and a small lingering spice, which may be the alcohol.

The mouthfeel is quite good as it is a moderate bodied beer with light to medium carbonation. These blend nicely with the the caramel/malt taste and it sits on your palate for a good amount of time.

I have had this beer many times, both from the bottle and from the brewery directly. I always look forward to it coming out because it is very good and I will look forward to it again next year. I would be curious to see how it ages, as I have never done that. There is a ice version of it that has gotten better with age. Enjoy but not too much as it can be a bit intoxicating cause it is so easy to drink.

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Photo of MacDomer
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a ruddy garnet color, perfectly clear, a hint of carbonation visible. Starts off with a nice one finger head which lasts for about half the beer, then recedes to a thin white ring with a few small puddles of white floating atop.

S - Sweet cheeries (reminds me of kirsh liqueur). Caramel malts. Warming alcohol. Some other dark fruits like prunes and raisins.

T - Much like the nose. Lots of malt and cheeries and other dark fruits. Long and sweet, with a bit of spice.

M - Medium to thick, chewy. Low carbonation. Nice carbonation at the end.

D - Pretty good, but it is a bit sweet for my palate and I couldn't drink more than two, but this is pretty darn good for the style.

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Photo of abeeraday
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a gift from a beer loving friend with family in Wisconsin. I poured this into a Pilsener glass and watched as the the head grew and the glass was filled with a beautiful warm deep orange amber hue. Smells and tastes of caramel and toasty malts with a bready mouthfeel. The ABV has a nice warming effect. I would have loved another.

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Photo of redjameskidd
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really good beer. I'm not sure if it should be called "Doppelbock," really. According to the packaging, it is their Oktoberfest beer raised to "Doppelbock strength," which implies to me that this is more of a Double/Imperial Oktoberfest, of which I have had several. Avery makes a good one.

Delicious, though. All sweet, dark fruit and surprisingly smooth for such a high abv. beer. Will knock you back. Looks beautiful deep red going into brown in the glass.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of finally being able to try this fantastic beer. I had been searching for it for a good while now. Served cold and poured into a tall pilsner glass. This one was consumed on 11/16/2008.

The pour was very nice, a rich dark brown color forming right away. Nice color to this with a translucent reddish tint around the sides of the glass. A small white head of foam then rose up from the bottom of the glass and settled down nicely leaving copious amounts of side glass lace.

The aroma was again very solid. Rich caramel malts, hints of earthy hops and other tones and a nice and rich sense to it. Some light hints of a roasted note as it warmed and the belly of grain could start to be picked up. The flavor though was top notch. Smooth and coating, this one seemed to take on a mind of its own. First sip dripped sweet caramel malts all over, rich and deceptively smooth. Moving through a slightly bready mid palate it came back out the other side with a nice, almost pine like hop note that was just enough to peak my intrest before rolling back to a smooth and subtle finish of deep roasted notes. Easily one of the smoothest beers I have had in the style, I had no issue getting this one down with all hints of the ABV long gone.

Overall I thought this one was excellent. A very solid Dopplebock and just a nice beer all around. Another quality offering from Capital and something I would love to pick up again!

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Photo of GbVDave
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip at Map Room 9/13/08.

A: Served a clear, caramel-brown, with a 1/2 finger, light-tan head that left speck and globs of lace behind in the glass.

S: Rich aromas of toasted malt, sweet caramel, and hints of semi-sweet chocolate.

T: Toasty caramel malt, peppery spices, sweet dark fruit, and a touch of chocolate.

M: Dry and spicy with a sweet and oily malt smoothness that has to be felt to be believed.

D: Excellent mixture of sweet, spicy, and smooth. This beer begs, no, commands you to keep drinking it!

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Autumnal Fire from Capital Brewery
4.07 out of 5 based on 589 ratings.
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